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Couch to 5k

June 21, 2012 Leave a comment

So Loki and Myself started couch to 5k.  I’ve heard that you need to set high goals to succeed in things like this, so I made my goal to successfully get of the couch; I succeeded in that respect.   Shiba’s are supposed to be very athletic dogs.   Like most stereotypes, they only apply to other people (or other people’s dogs), and not ones self.   Loki gets really into it for about 10 minutes and then he goes into “I have to stop to pee” mode every 5 minutes.  I never imagined the dog would be the weakest link here, I actually expected him to be dragging me down the street with excitement; I guess dogs need conditioning also, go figure.

Must ... get ... water ... going ... to ... die

Must … get … water … going … to … die

So at the end of the week, actual, measurable progress has been made.   When day one was over, I felt great, and I continued feeling great until the following morning; I could barely walk.  On day two I could actually pry myself out of bed, and On day three both myself and Loki finished our workout.  Of course after the workout, he crawled into my bed; I had to pry him out with a pry bar to get him into his exercise pen for the day.  The odds of him doing any sort of meaningful exercise –unless you count rolling over in bed as exercise — in it is zero.

Can't ... Move ... Too ... Tired

Can’t … Move … Too … Tired

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Categories: Life, Loki

Curiosity nearly killed the cat

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

One dark night, I decided to talk Loki for a walk when I noticed he was tracking something.  Curious to see what it was, I let him continue the track.   So we work our way around the house, when he switches from tracking mode to stalking mode (his ears go back, he puts his head down, and walks very slowly).  At this stage I had no idea what he had noticed, but I was still curious what he was after.  Next thing I know he pounced.  There was no scream, no cry for help, just a pounce and before I could react he was locked onto a cat’s neck.  The cat couldn’t do anything but try, desperately to breath.  I grabbed Loki by the harness and pried the cat out of his mouth; it ran off never to be seen again.

Loki honing his cat murdering skills on a rope toy.

Loki honing his cat murdering skills on a rope toy.

 

Before anybody accuses me of raising a vicious dog, you have to understand Shiba Inus.  They have high prey drives; they were bred for hunting wild boars in Japan.  Dogs with high prey drives like to eat things.  This can be a wild boar, or your neighbors pet cat.  If it is smaller than them, and it will run away from them, they will kill it and eat it.   Now, a retriever may have fetched the cat, a mastiff might protect it, a collie would probably herd it, Shibas will kill it.  The exception here is when they are introduced at very young ages.

Loki stalking a bug

Loki stalking a bug

 

I’m considering a second dog.  My first thought was “cool, i’ll get another Shiba”.  When I told my family this their first words were, “here is the number for a good shrink, call him”.  I absolutely love Shibas, but I think I have decided to go with a Siberian husky for my second dog; perhaps one of these gals.  Siberian Huskies are Intelligent and Independent, which are qualities I love in Loki.  They can be just as stubborn, and sometimes aloof.   They are generally more people friendly, however.  I want a people friendly dog to help balance out the pack.  On the other hand, if I combine the mischievous nature of a Shiba Inu with the strength and power of a Siberian Husky, I could be in trouble.

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